In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, Ashley Winstead

The cover is black with a pair of scissors cutting a gold ribbon.

This is a tough book for me to review. On the one hand, this is a seriously convoluted story with lots of drama. A drama that sucks you in with its constant secrets. But on the other hand, the story dragged in parts for me, and when I thought we should surely be close to finishing the story, there was still 40% left of the book.

The main character, Jessica, is a selfish, toxic person. You don’t have to love a character to like a book, though, and it was the level of how awful many of the characters were that made her fit right in. But this book read like a teen drama, and it made little sense these people were friends because most of them were inauthentic to each other.

This isn’t a terrible book, it’s just a book that gets repetitive and could stand to be 100 pages shorter, and we would still be just as drawn into the drama, the backstabbing, the constant tearing down of other females, and the narcissism. However, although this review is contrary, I enjoyed the story and the meandering way in which secrets kept spilling out.

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

About the Book

Six friends.
One college reunion.
One unsolved murder.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent. Not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather Shelby’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year.

But not everyone is ready to move on. Not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather’s murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night—and the years’ worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won’t be able to put down.


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